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Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis Showing his Worth in Training Camp

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Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis Showing his Worth in Training Camp

Jordan Lewis was one of the most sought after corners coming out of college in 2017. The former Michigan Wolverine was a two-time first-team All American and All-Big Ten performer (2015,2016) as well as the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in his final collegiate season (2016).

After leaving Ann Arbor he hit the ground running during his rookie campaign. He was in a draft class that also included Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods, both starters. Playing in 15 games and logging 7 starts, Lewis made his reps count. Finishing with 54 tackles (48 solo), 1 interception and an impressive 10 passes defended. All the signs pointed to himself and Awuzie being the team's starting corners for the foreseeable future.

However, plans took a shift in January of 2018 when the Dallas Cowboys brought in Kris Richard as the Defensive Backs Coach and Passing Game Coordinator. He made his mark in Seattle as the orchestrator of the "Legion of Boom", guiding the careers of big names such as Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor. His motto has always been to have tall and long-armed defensive backs, and at 5'10, Lewis simply didn't fit his philosophy.

He would switch Byron Jones from safety to corner, his most natural position, resulting in him becoming a second-team All-Pro. As a result, the former third-round pick got lost in the shuffle and basically forgotten in 2018. He saw action in 15 games just like his rookie season but only managed one start. A pedestrian 12 tackles, 1 pass defended and an interception would be all be could muster.


But in the game of football, it's always important to stay prepared in case of an injury. Lewis was afforded new life and a chance to step up in March when Jones had surgery to fix a hip ailment. The hope was for him to be ready by training camp but he likely won't see any action while the team is in Southern California, as he was put on the PUP list.

As training camp has commenced, Lewis isn't wasting time reminding everyone just how talented he is.

David Helman on Twitter

Jourdan Lewis has a really nice day in 1v1s. I counted 3 PBUs l, and the one completion he gave up was on a route that took 6 seconds to develop. https://t.co/uvcivEmvgX

He's showing that if for some reason the Cowboys can't reach a new deal with Jones, who's set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, he's more than capable of being the player he was intended to be when his draft card was turned in. The more reliable defensive backs you have in today's NFL that's predicted to the offense, in particular the passing game, the better off you'll be.

David Helman on Twitter

Here's Jourdan again, vs. Cedrick Wilson #cowboyswire https://t.co/JJqp8yXqoW

The Cowboys are optimistic that Jones will be ready for the season opener against the Giants. If that weren't the case Lewis is proving he can step in and shoulder the load. The organization wouldn't have to look in the draft or free agency to fill the shoes of Jones if he decides to test free agency. There's still a month to go before the season starts but Lewis is definitely getting eyes back on him with his performance thus far.


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Cowboys’ Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

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Cowboys' Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

With only two preseason games remaining, opportunities to make a statement are growing thin. The Dallas Cowboys have very few spots on the roster available, especially at the tight end position where Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz appear to have the depth chart locked down. The problem is, Jarwin and Schultz have been dealing with injuries and missed the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and probably won't play against the Houston Texans tonight.

Enter Marcus Lucas.

Marcus Lucas hasn't been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for very long, but he's already made an impact.

In his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys, Lucas caught four passes on four targets for 20 yards. His receptions went for two, seven, five, and six yards for an average of five yards per reception. He did have a holding penalty that cost the Dallas Cowboys 10 yards on a first down play that didn't go anywhere anyway.

Though Lucas has bounced around NFL practice squads, he's never really found a home. After going undrafted in 2014, Lucas was signed by the Carolina Panthers in May of that year but wasn't able to stick on the 53-man roster and was released and placed on the practice squad. In 2015, he was on the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears practice squads. In 2016, the Panthers brought him back in the summer after the Bears released him from their 90-man roster. That September after cut-down day, the Seattle Seahawks signed Lucas to their practice squad where he spent all of 2016. From 2017 to the end of 2018, Lucas spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks again, and the San Francisco 49ers. He was with the 49ers in 2019 before joining the Dallas Cowboys about two weeks ago and will get an extended run in these final two preseason games.


At Thursday's practice, Lucas was the only tight end available with Jason Witten getting a rest day and Jarwin, Schultz, and fellow Tight End Cody McElroy dealing with injuries.

Todd Archer on Twitter

With Jason Witten getting a day of rest, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Codey McElroy injured, the Cowboys have one tight end practicing today: Marcus Lucas, who has been with the team for about two weeks.

It's possible that Lucas may get an extended amount of playing time tonight with an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's ready to land on a 53-man roster. With likely only Jason Witten being the only other tight end active for the game against the Houston Texans, Lucas will get a lot of playing time. If his last preseason exposure is any indication, he'll get the chance to display his receiving prowess.

At 27, Lucas likely has few opportunities left to make his mark for an NFL franchise. On a team that proclaims the "next man up" as a battle cry, after Witten, Lucas is the next man up for tonight and depending on his performance could make the Dallas Cowboys front office or another front office around the league take notice.

Depending on the long-term health of the Dallas Cowboys' tight end position, Lucas may find his path to a roster spot simply dependent upon the health of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Though a job may not come with the Dallas Cowboys, tonight is an extremely important audition for his next suitor. How he performs tonight could land Marcus Lucas a job after the Dallas Cowboys trim the roster to 53 next week.

They say "preseason games don't matter," but to Marcus Lucas, this might be the most important game of his career.


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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

Kevin Turner on Twitter

BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


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Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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